New River Train Observatory opens in Radford

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Photo by Heather Bell

Radford Mayor David Horton (center) talks about Radford’s new train observation platform on Tuesday following a dedication ceremony or the project. Officials from throughout the region gathered for the opening event.The Train Observation Platform is located below Glencoe Mansion, Museum and Gallery at Radford’s Cultural Heritage Park. The viewing platform was designed and built by Virginia Tech graduate students under the direction of VT Professor Dr.Kaye Edge, who lives in Radford. The New River Train Observatory is the second phase of a vision conceived by a group of volunteers almost 10 years ago,”according to Radford Tourism Director Deb Cooney, who explained a donation from Norfolk Southern Corporation of 1.3 acres of land allowed the development of the Mary Draper Ingles Cultural Heritage Park.